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    January 4, 2010
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different. design the adult and work backwards. >> if you'd like to check out the new book, it's called "your kids are your own fault. " thank you very much for joining us. >> appreciate it. >> happy new year again, we'll see you tomorrow. >> nice shirt, larry! >> thanks. >> we begin with a developing story in yemen where troops have reportedly killed two suspected al-qaeda members, that story broke a couple of hours ago, the u.s. embassy in yemen, closed for a second day, because of threats from al-qaeda. this by the way is new videotape we just received of the stepped -up security around the u.s. and british embassies in yemen. you can see blockades have been set up all around the embassy. good morning, everyone, i'm greg jerden for bill hemmer gloovment i'm patty
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ann brown in for migin kelly. security is adding new screening steps around the country and around the world. >> we have team fox coverage with amy kellogg in london, laura ingle is at knew yark national airport. -- the newark airport. what's the story at snairp. >> these new guidelines, the new tsa guidelines went into effect at midnight and it has significantly changed the way airline passengers coming in from international hubs will travel into the united states. we're going to give you a rundown here. citizens from 14 nations which include nigeria, pakistan, saudi arabia, will go through what is being called enhanced screening. that means full body patdowns and searches of carry-on luggage before boarding airlines for america, countries that are considered state sponsors of terrorism, as well as countries of interest. that's what we're talking about here, the the tsa announcing in a written
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statement, quote, the directive also increasings the use of enhanced screening technologies and random screening for passengers on u.s.-bound international flights. now, in countries where there is more advanced screening of equipment, passengers and passports from nations that are those state sponsors of terrorism or those countries of interest will go through the full body scanners that we have been hearing about, places like the u.k. and amsterdam. >> laura, what has been the reaction from security? experts, as well as civil rights groups, and i ask that because i do understand the american discrimination committee is already speaking out about this. >> that's right. and we're going to be hearing a lot more from them today as you can imagine, and as well as other civil rights groups. they are calling these measures extreme, and very dangerous. saying that all of the sudden, these citizens that we have been talking about from these countries of interest are going to be labeled terrorists and all of this points to profiling and it gets into pretty slippery slope territory,
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but security experts we've been talking to over the last two days about this subject say these are measures long overdue, needed to go into effect a long time ago and it's a move in the right direction. >> laura, what's the latest there where you are at newark, with the security breach that happened last night? >> things are looking pretty good, as you can see behind me, it's not too packed here with people trying to get an international flights here. we're in the term natural b section of knew a. all flights on schedule, back to normal by 7:00 a.m. this morning, but as we've been seeing that video of what happened last night, over six hours, this airport was in lockdown, flights couldn't take off, passengers had to be pulled out of the gate area where they had already been screened, go back through screening because there was a man that walked through the secure area, went through exit and they never found him, by the way. that happened at 5:20 but they're looking at security tapes here. >> laura ingle, live at newark airport, thanks. >> the government in yemen this weekend promised to step up its fight against al-qaeda and now we have
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reports of two terrorists killed. we're also hearing that intel officials think embassies in yemen are still active, both countries saying reopening will be assessed day to day on the perceived threat. el kellogg joins us live from london with the very latest. why the focus on yemen after this failed christmas day attack? >> because there's concern, patty ann, it's extremely fertile ground for al-qaeda and for the training of terrorists who may now be focusing their energies on the united states. yemen is a country so full of different conditions that make it a breeding ground for this sort of jihadist activity. first of all it's one of the most heavily armed societies in the world, patty ann, it's got a lot of former flighters from afghanistan and iraq who have returned to yemen, it's got a central government that's quite weak and apparently doesn't control the whole country. there's fighting in the south, there's fighting in the north, it's very tribal, and there's this new branch
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of al-qaeda, al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula who is causing more concern. for that very reason the u.s., u.k. and french embassies are closed until further notice because there's been a threat, a general threat that's out there but that is believe to involve targeting of diplomatic missions. and there was a big roundup today of some suspected al-qaeda fighters in yemen. two people were killed. but the government is really trying to step up its efforts to crack down on some of these people, patti ann, but it's difficult because the leaders say it's not necessarily the only or best solution because it's kind of like shaking a wasp's nest with a stick, you need to treat it on many different levels to get at the root of the problem, patti ann. >> specifically how serious a threat does this pose in yemen. >> it's serious enough that general david petraeus was
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there to talk about ways to try to deal with this problem. again, it's difficult. the u.s. can't really seem to be too directly involved in the strikes or the attacks against these militants because there's a lot of antiamericanism there. you remember the u.s.s. cole was blown up off september 11th, 217 servicemen killed in yemen, there were kidnappings of foreigners over the years, for many years, in yemen, so it's a very sensitive situation. the u.s. is going to step up its security atm and they're planning to double the budget of 70 million to do just that, patti ann. >> amy kellogg, live in london, thank you. at this point, the u.s. does not have plans to put forces on the ground in yemen, despite closing its embassy, following al-qaeda threats. here's what president obama's top counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, said yesterday on fox news sunday >> we're not going to do anything that is going to put american security at risk. so working closing with the yemeni government, right now
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we are looking the a the other detainees in guantanamo, from yemen, and we are going to take the right steps, but we're not going to do anything to put americans at risk. >> but you are going to consider on a case by case basis any more yemenis back to yemen? >> absolutely, we're going to be looking at this, working closely with the yemeni government and ensuring these measures are put in place, as we address the security situation on the ground. >> while the white house says it still plans on sending gitmo detainees back to yemen, a couple of top democrats are now suggesting that is not a good idea. and we will have more on that developing story shortly. >> all right. it's a new year, and new rules in effect for every banking cred -- bank and credit card company in the country. those rules are cutting off some of the estimated $50 billion those companies collectfees last year. so now, well, the banks and credit card companies have new ideas on the black board stuart varney joins us to talk about that. you know, there's no end to creativity, stu, i learned
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this a long time ago, when it comes to banks and credit card companies, finding ways, kind of conjuring up new stuff to get their hands on my dough. tell us about the it. >> i've got a little list, just for you, greg! rewards. there's rewards from credit card companies, much less generous, really cutting back on that, higher fees for inactive accounts, the closure of some of those little-used accounts, much bigger annual fees, especially if you've got poor credit. how about little or no grace period? that means you start paying interest the moment you buy that item. all kinds of fees and charges that you -- charges that you never even thought about. we've even found one bank which is going to charge $1 for every printed statement that it sends to you. fees and charges all over the place. here's the general rule, greg. if you've got poor credit, you're going to find less credit available on your credit card and it's going to be more expensive for you to get t if you've got good credit, you are going to be
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subsidizing those people with poor credit. everybody pays. so the bank can make up its lost revenue. >> so you get penalized for being good, and i love the one where an extra fee now for an inactive account, so in other words, you know, you get charged for doing nothing. >> yes. >> but let's get to overdraft. because this one really bugs me. and a lot of americans. >> let's put it on on the screen, jen. u.s. banks will collect a record $35.5 billion in overdraft fees for 2009, a windfall of nearly double the $19.9 billion collected in 2005, collecting 24 billion in overdraft fees the year before that, 2008, and overdraft fee income for banks and credit unions rose 35 percent from 2006 to 2008. that's a pretty good return. so talk to us about the overdraft system. >> i can hear the outrage in your voice, greg, by the way! here's the new rule, the bank just obtain your
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consent before you are charged that overdraft fee. those are the rules from the federal reserve. however, here's how it might work out in practice. you overdraw your account, so the bank says you've got to pay this fee. do you want to pay this fee? if you say yes, i'll pay the fee, everything continues as normal. if you pay no, i don't want to pay this fee, maybe they'll close your account, and if you're trying to open a new account, your consent will be written into the initial agreement, so that come time when you get charged 230 that -- for that overdraft, you will have to pay the fee. >> you know, i have actually very, very, and always have had, good credit and my bank, stuart, will not give me overdraft protection. >> right. >> go figure. you know what? i don't want it, i'm so angry about it. >> you are also going to have to pay a fee to stop a check, okay? that's going in. if you've got a safety deposit box, the fee is probably going to go up thoon and this idea of totally free checking, that might go away. you might have to have a higher minimum balance to
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get that continued free checking. >> advice is, shop around, shop around, shop around. stuart varney, thank you very much. >> just ahead, a cold snap across huge sections of the country is creating some dangerous weather conditions. you know how cold it is, and janice dean is going to tep us what -- tell us what to expect next. >> a search still on for the man who caused that enar mouse security -- that enormous security scare at newark yesterday. what was he up to and could he be trying to board a plane right now? the developing story when we come back. >> after somebody, we didn't see the guy but they were telling out, 10-9, 10-9, everybody freeze, nobody move. >>
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greg: rush limbaugh says doctors found absolutely nothing wrong with him, that's the latest word from the conservative talk show host, limbaugh had experienced sharp chest pains, he was hospitalized while on vacation in hawaii. it's unclear just when he'll return to his top-rated radio show but limbaugh did take time to take a jab at democrats on health care reform, saying his hospital experience tells him there's nothing wrong with america's health care system. >> patti: a top counterterrorism official is warning the failed terror attack on christmas day should be a"wakeup call" that, al-qaeda and other terrorists are coming up with new ways to get through america's security. the suspect in that plot, umar farouk abdul mutallab
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planted a bomb to detonate. what's next? a senior fellow in homeland security studies at the rocky mountain foundation, thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> as we said, new approaches possibly being tested for carrying out attacks on american soil, as we speak. what are some of those? >> well, what we know from intelligence interception, that might be human intelligence signals, what's now vaguely called all-source intelligence, indicate that they're really trying to do something big rather than something small. of course, al-qaeda has been fascinated with bringing down aircraft for a long time, but notice what happens just a few days a. and i'm sure you saw the story as well, path i -- patti ann, what happened in boston, the mayor in boston has decided he does not want a liquified natural gas
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tanker coming directly into boston harbor from yemen and this was apparently one of the first times this would happen. he wants this vessel off-loaded. what would happen if an lng tanker detonate boston harbor? there are two schools of thought, one would be a devastating explosion, another school of thought, though, and this depends on weather conditions in the harbor if it would happen would be a conflagration, a lot of fire if you were. but they're also looking at vessel lines, you remember ten years when muslim terrorists invaded a school in beslan, russia and it was a horrendous act. all of the intelligence intercepts indicate that al-qaeda and franchises around the world, patti ann, are looking at attacking like those but also looking at new things as well and also fairly basic stuff. patti: so school attacks and lng tankers, as you mentioned, two devastating
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possibilities, also you say subway and bus bombs, still a possibility. >> that's right. look at what happened in madrid, and of course, in london. and that is a fairly simple means by which to conduct an attack. does that mean it's going to happen in new york or it's going to happen in l.a. or san francisco? no, it doesn't at all and we shouldn't be scared but we should be aware of what is going on. our borders are still extraordinarily porous and until we can really address that fact we're going to continue to have problems like this. but then we take it to the other end of the spectrum of conflict within asymmetric warfare as well, look what's happening with al shabab in somalia, the al-qaeda faction there and they're running the piracy and several of the ships have been filled with amoneyium nitrate. ask timothy mcveigh about the effects of ammonium nitrate and tanzania and kenya in 1998, both embassies were destroyed using ammonium nitrate and
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we have a faction with full ships. remember, they can also, in what's probably more likely than just a floating bomb is to take some of the ammonium nitrate, the an, off the ship and use it in explosives elsewhere and we saw just weeks ago in an el shabab terrorist was trying to fly from meg des u with an aknown mum nitrate bomb. where do you think he got the ammonium nitrate? patti: what about cruise ships, you say it's a possibility they'll attack a cruise ship. >> it's possible but i'll tell you, cruise ship security has been incredibly increased. when you go to fort everyglades, fort lauderdale and see what happens when a cruise ship gets ready to leave, there are divers in the water and all sorts of methods. it's much more vulnerable in the carribean or perhaps in the mediterranean. american ports, a terrorist would have to be quite a clever sort to hit a cruise
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ship there. but what this all boils down to, since we have so many ways for al-qaeda to attack us is we've got to get qualified people in the job. now, john brennan, we had a clip on fox news earlier from him, the deputy national security adviser to the president, is a very qualified body and probably wondering about some of the thingsed on box,o on on fox, might be wishing he could take some of it back, because he was talking about where there was no smoking gun. well, we're not looking for one smoking gun, we're looking for little pieces and the national security adviser and the other end of the spectrum again and look at janet nanapolitano and she's not qualified to conduct a search on a bowling ball. what are you going to do? >> patti: we'll leave it there. very disturbing, coming to -- coming at us from all directions. what are you going to do. greg: much of america is in the grip of an arctic
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freeze. any relief in sight? we'll have a live forecast for you coming up next. don't go away.
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pat there's a new push starting this morning to use social media to help find a missing mom, starting today, friends and fannedly of susan powell say they're watching a social mediaplicity in the search for a miss of utah woman, they plan to blanket facebook, twitter and youtube with powell's picture. she'ses been missing a month her husband told cops he took the two boys camping in fridgeit temperatures right around the time powell disappeared. police have said they consider him a suspect in the case. >> you know what? there's cold and then
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there's this week. greg: freezing temperatures have set up in -- across big forgses -- portions of the usa, some hitting. in minnesota, get this, negative 37 degrees over the weekend. we have details on what is called the pretty dangerous temperatures gloovment that would be international falls, the part of the country, minus 37 as the low on sunday. look at temperatures, much of the country below average. when we talk about below average, not just 10 degrees. we're talking 20, 30 degrees below average, as far south as florida. so look at minneapolis, minus nine there, nine in chicago, 21 memphis, 21 in denver. you go to atlanta, it's 19 degrees, 38 in tampa, deep freeze across florida. that could hurt their citrus crops. we are keeping a close eye on that. wind chill, what it feels like with the wind against your skin if not protected, feels like minus 18 in minneapolis, minus five in chicago, minus nine in
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kansas ste. these are bone chilling, dangerous temperatures. you do not want to be outside for a great length of time anywhere across the northern plains, upper midwest or northeast. let's zoom on in to where we're seeing the coldest temperatures this morning. those are the currents. minus 35 in international falls, minus nine in minneapolis, nine in chicago, minus falls, demoines, but you factor what it feels like with the wind and you're not protected outside, minus five in chicago, minus 18, minus 26 in dee moin, and these temperatures are going to hang on not just today, but for much of the work week, because we have another scott of arctic air coming our way mid week and maybe even another snowstorm that's going to start in the gulf of mexico and move into the southeast. so lots of weather this week. those are the current temperatures across the northeast. greg says he was planning to ski this week. but he's a witch. no, i'm just kidding. greg: i am! >> you said you wanted to ski this week but i got to say, especially if you wanted to bring your girls, stay indoors, it's really,
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really dangerous. greg: good idea. >> frost bite very quickly across much of the northeast and the great lakes. i just want to zoom in to where sear see -- we're seeing lake effect snow in erie, ontario, and we'll pay close attention to the gulf of mexico because computer models are showing a snowstorm mid-week that's going to affect the southeast, mid atlantic, northeast. keep it tuned. greg: might be a good time to go to mexico right now. >> let's do the snow from there! greg: whole crew, too, on janet's salary. >> don't know if i could do that. the president's vacation is over and he comes back to some pretty serious criticism over his team's handling of the terror threat. one prominent political website calling this, and this is a quote, a low point in the president's first year, and that's the website that normally gives pretty high marks to president obama. a fair and balanced debate, just ahead.
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greg: we're tracking now this developing story in new jersey, a security breach, that triggered a lockdown at newark international airport, still unresolved, the transportation security admissiono administration put the airport on lockdown, grounded flights and forced thousands of passengers to go through rescreening, some people were even pulled off planes, getting ready to take off. but notwithstanding all that, the tsa still hasn't located a man who skirted security but did manage to frustrate a whole lot of passengers. >> it was just a hoard of people coming out of the terminal c, and got directed down here, and we're wait to go see what we're supposed to do, if we're suppose to take another flight or stay here. our flag is already changed. >> he was on the plane for
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20 minutes. >> were you on the runway or great? >> we were at the gate, we were on the flight for ten minutes and had to get off. grieg grieg flights -- >> greg: flights are on schedule and the tsa is investigating the breach. patti: is new reports on how al-qaeda is using the country of yemen as home base this are new questions about the administration's plans to allow former gitmo detainees to be released to yemen. now three lawmakers, senator dianne feinstein, congresswoman jane harman and independent joe lieberman have joined a chorus of republicans who wants -- wants the transfers to stop. molly hennenberg is following this. >> the president's top counterterrorism adviser, john brennan, says yes, quote, absolutely. gitmo detainees will be sent back to yemen to the custody
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of the government of yemen on a case by case basis. even though some of the released detainees have reportedly returned to join al-qaeda. brennan tells fox news sunday there are probably several hundred members of al-qaeda operating in yemen, so that the government there has shown its willingness to take the fight to them. brennan says the u.s. continues to talk with the government of yemen about what to do with the gitmo detainees that have been and will be sent back there. take a listen. >> guantanamo facility must be closed. it has served as a propaganda tool for guide. we're -- for al-qaeda. we're determined to close it. we're not going to do anything to put american security at risk. >> the obama administration has sent seven gitmo detainees back to yemen and more may be going. patti ann? patti: how many detainees might that include? >> about 45 of the 90 yemenis are expected to be sent back. brennan says it's on a case by case basis. this did not start with the
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obama administration, the bush administration senate least 13 detainees back to yemen. patti ann? patti: some lawmakers are speaking out strongly against this idea on both sides of the aisle. >> some want this administration to stop what the previous administration started. listen to this. >> one thing that we should have learned, it's when the bush administration tried the experiment of returning some of the gitmo detainees, they figured who were the least committed and most susceptible to rehabilitation back to yemen, saudi arabia, and other countries, it turned out to be a huge mistake. now we've seen it's a mistake. we should not be releasing these hardened, gitmo terrorists back to other countries. >> and connecticut independent senator joe lieberman said, quote, the odds are that they will end up in a fight against us, planning attacks on the united states america -- united states of america so i think it would be truly
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irresponsible of us, america, to send prisoners of war that we hold at guantanamo back to yemen. that's what senator lieberman said. patti ann? patti: thank you and happy new year. >> you too. patti: president obama ends his 11-day hawaiian vacation when he heads back to washington today, and while mr. obama has been briefed each day on the failed christmas day attack, some of the reviews have not been kind, right grieg? >> the politico website calling this the low point of his young presidency. all right, is that fair or foul? a fair and balanced debate now, fox news contributor, fox news.com comib tore andrea fantero. the optics of a president, swaining a golf club while americans are standing in long security lines in airports and worried about another terrorist attack may be the -- may not be the
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best image. was it in retrospect a mistake that is perhaps reminiscent of president bush vacationing in crawford, texas during katrina? >> you know, these things happened after they got on vacation. the question is, should you drop your vacation and come back. we do have communications now, things like the land lines and cell phones that go to hawaii. greg: but the image. >> look, i don't think the image is hurtful here. the image that is hurtful to me, in any event s. to watch how the republicans have politicized this. during the shoe bomber incident, i don't remember a democrat politicizing that incident in the bush administration and frankly, i think republicans need a lesson in patriotism here and rally around, and not to decide to make politics an issue. greg: it makes an interesting point, dick cheney wasted little time claiming the president was in danger in the country by pretending we're not at war and pete huxtla sends out a
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fundraisingler. are republicans guilty of trying to exploit the terror plot for political gain. >> democrats have been politicizing the terror issue, going after the bush administration for the last eight years and robert gibbs came out and said this should not be a tug-of-war. if by not politicizing democrats mean republicans are not allowed to demand answers on this, this system works for an isolated extremist, by all means, politicize away, because i think you see a very fundamental difference in the way that republicans and the far left use this issue. they want to view it as a law enforcement issue, the obama administration came out and said we will do everything that we can, but what do they don't do, they don't try this guy as an enemy combatant, that is a fundamental difference in how you treat them. >> let's talk about the white house passengers. janet napolitano uttered the system works, then all of the sudden, yesterday the president's terror adviser john brennan said there was
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no smoking gun or single piece of intel evidence that would have tipped him off abdul mu italia's intentions. how about the son being radicalized as a security risk or buying a one-way ticket with cash, no luggage , not checking the parse port, that a napolitano misuse of the white house? >> i think the president had it right when he said there was a systemic breakdown. going back to this issue of politicizing things, if you want to ask questions about it, that's perfectly legitimate, sending out fundraising letters, all you come across is as a bunch of wimp pers -- wimperrers, and you have to realize this is a political issue. >> what about napolitano and brennan, they're out front and they call up and they say these things, and people have trouble believing. doesn't that hurt president obama? >> i think that a lot of these people should be careful, delay the facts until they say things.
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the answer is yes. but that does not mean you ought to bring out some retired guy bike dick cheney who got us into a war over weapons of mass destruction that doesn't exist, is that what -- that didn't exist f. that's what the republicans are down to -- >> my problem, the obama administration came out and blamed the bush administration for inheriting these security policies. frankly, you got to stop that. you got to eventually take responsibility. because when you blame the bush administration, it makes your administration look -- >> andrea, 537 gitmo prisoners were released under president bush and you read that pentagon report i'm sure. one in seven -- >> that was a mistake. >> -- -- returned to terrorism, including two who joined the al-qaeda group in yemen that plotted the christmas day attack. come on. >> that was a mistake but we're talking about politicizing and that characterizes us as politicizing. if it's good for the donkey, it's good for the elephant. >> that's the point, bob. >> grieg?
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you're being incredibly fair and balanced here and i appreciate that. number one. number two, i would say to my dear friend, you tell me an instance in the last eight years, where democrats criticized the bush administration. one. over the -- >> numerous times, you tried to haul the republicans up to capitol hill to prosecute them and arabic holder is still prosecuting them, which let's go back to the napolitano flap. i want to make a point about something you said, you brought up the napolitano the system works comment. that wasn't napolitano, that was robert gibbs, which tells me that was an -- that was a collective effort. you cannot tell me this is a strong b-plus. >> look, i'm not suggesting this was a perfect response, but this is an imperfect world with terrorism and the fact of the matter is grieg pointed out, this has gone back to the previous administration, this administration is now paying the price for that. hopefully we learn from this and don't politicize it and
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try to get votes out of it but try to get people more secure. you guys -- >> andrea, thank you very much, bob beckel, take care of that voice. thank you for coming in, nevertheless. take care. the focus of the terror threat turns to yemen. we want to know what you think about all of this, and how to respond. go to our website, fox news.com, to take our survey. here's what you do. click on to the you decide link below the yemen clashes are al-qaeda headline and the question is should the united states engage in yemen fighting. we're going to tell you, well, what you think, and then we're going to leave some of your comments, so folks can read them. patti: the market just opened minutes ago for the first day of trading of 2010, the u.s. dollar weakened over the weekend after ben bernanke seemed to give indications that interest rates will stay low, but there were positive signs this morning and
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here's what it looks like right now. you can see the dow, wow, it looks like it's up 105 points? am i read thank right? so that's good news. we'll see what happens as the day pros. greg: it ended the year down 120, so we're trying to make up for that, 120 for that one day is what i'm saying. patti: is a good year. greg: but the last day was discouraging. one major u.s. airline under tighter scrutiny under three landing mishaps in the last month alone. what's going on? we're going to take a look at why the feds and the transportation experts are worried. >> are you worried about the irs? you deserve to enjoy this holiday season. let us solve your tax problems right now.
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gregg: the box office earnings for james cameron's "avatar" are out of this world, the sci-fi adventure flick breaking the $1 billion mark internationally after 17 days of release, only the fifth movie ever to hit that mark, after being at the box office a third week in a row. cameron became the only film maketory direct two movies that topped $1 billion, the first one, remember that,
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1997" "titanic", the modern blockbuster earning $1.8 billion worldwide. patti: airline security and terrorism may be dominating the headlines but airline safety has also been worrisome, especially for one of the world's biggest carriers, the federal aviation administration keeping american airlines on a tight leash these days following three landings by that carrier that went wrong in just one month, december. one of them, an american airlines jet carrying 154 people skidded off the runway in jamaica, landing just feet from the sea. for a closer look at what may be going wrong is scott brenner, former senior official with the faa and transportation consultant with the law firm ackerman sentifett. three recent incidents, december 13th, an md-80 in north carolina goes off the side of the runway, put u6 that -- up that graphic, a
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boeing 737 in jamaica, ran off the end of the runway, december 24 &, md-80 landing in austin, texas, the wing tip hit the runway. that's three incidents in 11 days, all american airlines. bad weather involved in one. but is pilot error on the rise? >> it makes you wonder because at the end of the day it is the pilot who is in control of that aircraft, but it's very alarming to see that many incidents, and they're all serious incidents. i mean, you saw the pictures of the crash in jamaica. this is very wore worrisome. i think this is why the faa jumped on them. patti: you say there's a shift in how the federal aviation administration is regulating the industry. how so? >> if you look over the last 20 to 30 years, there used to northbound the hangars of the commercial carriers big signs that said don't talk to the faa, and you really saw the -- the safety margin kind of flat-line, then over
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the years the folks started to understand if the federal regulators cooperate with the carriers, share information, even information that may put the carriers in a bad light to get at the root cause of these problems, you're really going to start to see safety improve and you've seen that over the last 10-15 years. but now over about two years ago, you're starting to see folks starting to say wait a second, we are seeing too cozy of a relationship between the carriers and the faa. the faa over the last one months have imposed record fines on a variety of carriers that you never really saw before, and john if you're going to continue to see the cooperation between the -- from the carriers as you've seen in the past. patti: well, american says it is cooperating with the faa, and that if a larger problem is discovered they'll take corrective action. what might that be? >> i think you could start to see -- i'm sure faa right now is reviewing a lot of the pilot training procedures, and they will review them, compare them to industry standards and if
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they see some shortcoming where the pilots are not getting the training they need or updated as regularly as they are or flight checks are falling behind, i think you'll see penalties. patti: on the security front there are new measures, all passengers on u.s.-bound international flights will be subject to random screening but in addition to that if you're coming from a nation regarded as a state sponsor of terror or other countries of interest as they're now being called, you'll be required to go through enhanced screening that can include patdowns, body searches, scanning, body explosive detention. do you believe they'll help us fight terror? >> it's always hard to say. you know, the old axiom at the department of homeland security, there are millions of ways people can do damage to this country but there's only a limited number of people and i think that yes, it will make people feel good that we're doing these types of new activities but at the end of the day they need research and intelligence in finding
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those bad people. pat scott brenner, former faa official, thank you for joining us. gregg: he was one of the most sought after criminal suspect necessary this country until this weekend, in three minutes, just how police finally caught a break in the manhunt. plus, the president has called the top intelligence leaders in the country to a meeting right there at that place, called the white house. we're going to show you what's on the line. ññññññ
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patti: when you're in trouble, when you're in trouble on a boat, any help is welcomed but imagine seeing an aircraft carrier riding to your rescue, the u.s.s. eisenhower was sailing out of virginia on the way to the indian ocean from virginia when it heard a sailor's distress call to the coast guard. its skipper said he had been
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taking on water for three days due to storms, but the -- but despite the dark wind, snow and sleet, a rescue chopper from the eisenhower plucked him in the atlantic, an aircraft tanker taking part in a boat rescue, very unusual but they said they needed someone there superquick. gregg: the hunt is finally over for a fug tiff accused of murdering four family murders on thanksgiving day, 35-year-old pawr marriage was captured in the florida keys thanks to a tip from "america's most wanted". he's being held now without any bond and police say marriage shot to death his 76-year-old aunt, a six-year-old cousin and his twin sisters, one of whom was expecting a baby. another relative also shot but he managed to survive that vicious attack. we go live to miami for details. phil, it appears the murder suspect was doing everything he could not to be seen. >> certainly was, gregg.
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right now he's in the palm beach county jail's mental evaluation unit, held without bail, facing four counts of murder and two attempted counts. take a look at this, back in thanksgiving where the four people were shot and killed at that family home, and compare it with the mug shot taken early sunday morning or late saturday night. you can clearly see he has shaved his head, grown a beard, and inside his motel room down in the florida keys, they also found a hair color conditioner, so it's possible that maybe he was also going to try and dye his hair as well, but inside that room he rarely left. he had a stockpile of peanut butter, fig newtons and beans and told the motel owners don't send the cleaning room to my motel room, i'll be fine hiding out. >> consciousness of guilt
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and sanity both. but until saturday night the motel owners had no ideas one of the nation's top fugitives was staying at their hotel? >> right, they say they don't often watch the news or read the newspapers, they run this motel in a remote section of the florida keys, half way between key largo and key west, and on december 2nd, this guy checked in under the name of john baca, paid cash up front for two weeks, and then of course made the special requests, even covering his car, the toyota camry. that was part of the description of what to look for nationwide, that was covered with a tarp to help conceal his car and the motel owner said the fact that he was watching football game on fox saturday, saw a promo for the most wanted and saw the mug shot, just pure luck. >> i saw him on tv, and that's a good thing, because i didn't see him before that so then that's when we
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called the tipline, and then the marshals came and they took care of him. >> and they stand to win the $100,000 reward that had finish place. keep in mind this is one of the top 15 fugitives, before he was caught saturday night. phil keating, live in miami, thanks. patti ann. patti: the american public may not be so keen on the would-be plane bomber getting the full protection of the u.s. justice system, 58 percent of respondents to a poll said this guy should be water-boarded to get more information on terror plots. in just three minute, we'll take a closer look at what may happen when he gets to court. c.
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patti ann: president obama is gearing up for a sit down with the nation's intel chiefs over the failed bombing of ace bound passenger jet on christmas and the president and first family returning home to washington today from a holiday vacation. in hawaii. and, welcome to a brand new hour of america's newsroom, i'm patti ann browne in for megyn kelly. connell: i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer, the president ordering a thorough review of what he calls human an systemic failures that allowed a nigerian man to smuggle explosives onto a flight from amsterdam to detroit and major garrett is live in the
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white house and what should we expect when the president conducts the intelligence meeting tomorrow. >> reporter: a firm review as you said, gregg of all of the systems, those that worked and those that failed, and, how to get those that failed, and -- in better working order and the president said it is clear to him, now, after a review of what did not occur, that the failed bomber should not have been able to get on the northwest 253 flight, from amsterdam to detroit. and, there was a systemic failure in not connecting the dots from an intelligence perspective, that kind of topic and how to address it in the future will be front and center tomorrow and the president is dat due at the -- due at the white house and there was some expectation he'd make a statement about homeland security and the top identification counterterrorism and i'm told he will not make the statement today and, no statement from robert gibbs and will be a down day at the white house, so, most of the attention, focused on the counterterrorism initiative and the white house is taking in
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light of the christmas day failed bomber attempt will be more visible tomorrow. gregg: and the white house says it is open to sending gitmo detainees to their home countries, including yemen, why is that? >> reporter: john brennan, the president's top counterterrorism advisor said on a round of sunday talk shows including "fox news sunday" yesterday the imperative for the administration is to close guantanamo bay because the administration believes weighing the various threats and what causes the threats from al qaeda and terrorism, guantanamo is a larger accelerant and instigator of terrorist attacks, than sending guantanamo bay detainees back to their home countries, in many cases, dozens of gaunt detainees, yet to be transferred, are due to go back to yemen because that is the country of origin and now there have been some reports the white house denied to me repeatedly that all transfers to yemen are on hold, and they say it is not true and they'll be reviewed on
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a case by case basis and they are open to sending them to yemen though many yemenis are implicated in the failed bomber attack. gregg: and is yemen likely to be a larger focus on the administration's anti-terrorism efforts. >> reporter: it is a focus and will be a larger one going forward, john brennan implied yesterday on the sunday talk shows there could be military action taken by the u.s. government in yemen and the yemeni government stepped up operation against al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and there is talk of significantly increasing counterterrorism funding and training, the yemeni government sponsored by u.s. taxpayers, 64 million now to, and could comprise 190 million next year and one reason yemen is a greater focus on this administration but of al qaeda is because of the pressure applied in iraq, pakistan and afghanistan and saudi arabia. gregg: major garrett live at the white house, thanks.
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patti ann: travellers heading to the u.s. from pakistan now face extra scrutiny at the airports. pakistan's national airline is stepping up screenings, in response to new directives issued by the u.s. transportation security administration. the tsa requesting tighter security measures in nation's deemed by the u.s. as state sponsors of terrorism, or other countries of interest. also includes countries like nigeria, yemen, cuba, iran, sudan and syria. gregg: we're learning new information about a more -- umar farouk abdulmutalleb the nigerian man suspected of trying to bomb flight 253 on christmas day and a senior british official now says british intelligence knew for years that this guy had ties to u.k. extremists and the officials saying while umar farouk abdulmutalleb was studying in britain he was in contact with islamic streamists whose communications were actually being monitored, and however the official says and this is a quote, there was nothing to indicate thieves violent or a
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high enough risk to alert the u.s. patti ann: president obama's chief counterterrorism advisor is defending the administration's decision to send umar farouk abdulmutalleb to criminal court instead of a military tribunal. despite admitting the possibility he may still have actionable intelligence on future attacks. >> we have information and continue to have opportunities to do that. as you talk with the lawyers and with the individuals, as they are recognized -- recognize what they are facing, charges, conviction and possible sentence there are opportunities to continue to talk about it. fbi has some of the best interrogators in the world and i'm confident we'll continue to be able to work the system. patti ann: the public does not seem that sympathetic to the guy's constitutional rights, according to rasmussen reports, 58% of americans believe the suspect should undergo water boarding to gain additional information. waterboard is is a form of interrogation some caller to
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tour and let's bring in david reams, an attorney and a senior fellow with the heritage follow and assistant secretary of defense for detainees, thanks for joining us. we have some people saying that if you have the plea bargaining leverage that you can get some information out of these folks, but, on the other side, you have people like senator jim demint who said if we treated the christmas day bomber as a terrorist he would have immediately been interrogated military stale rather than given the rights of an american and lawyers and we probably lost valuable information. what about that, david? >> well, i can only say that richard reid, the shoe bomber and plenty of other terrorism suspects have been tried in federal court. there has never been any issue with them and the results are reliable and it is first class, not second class justice and i would have to ask whether an american would want to be treated the way they are now proposing that abdulmutallab be
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treated. patti ann: and senator joe lieberman of the senate homeland security and government affairs committee says it was an act of war and he should be treated as a prisoner of war and held in a military brig and question nowed and have been since being apprehended, to get intelligence that could help us stop the next attack or get the people in yemen, what about that. >> the senator is correct. it is an act of war and he's an enemy combatant, not a u.s. citizen. and interrogating him using the army field manual all lawful techniques, does not foreclose the possibility of later then transferring the -- to federal court and trying him there and david is correct in one sense but incorrect in another. richard reid and the rest of those guys we lost intelligence by treating them as criminal defendants and having the -- them louder up right away and treating them as enemy combatants does not foreclose trying them in federal court later on. patti ann: what about that,
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david, brennan says, again, by offering a plea bargain, we can get the guy to talk. but the fact it is, he was talking in the beginning and then, he lawyered up, as was said and now is not talking any more and his lawyer has been clear that he does not have to talk. and doesn't it make a difference when someone has a lawyer advising them to keep their mouth shut? >> first of all, everyone has is a right to counsel, that is the glory of our justice system and second of all, it is speculative as to what additional information he may have. third, i think the government has spelled out clearly that it can get the information, that it wants, from abdulmutallab through a plea bargain agreement and, fourth, i agree with mr. stimson federal court trials are the way to go. patti ann: david, to you again we cited the rasmussen poll and it states 58% of those polled feel that the suspect should be water boarded to get more information about him. what is your reaction to that? . >> i think if you look at the
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polls, perhaps only 120 people were polled. so i don't think it is necessarily a representative cross-sample of the american people. but, even beyond that, there is often great anger and great thirst for vengeance on the part of the public which is why we have constitutional rights and why we have lawyers and courts and we don't punish people on the basis of mreb plebiscites but on the basis of fair trial. patti ann: quick last word. >> the administration, the fall position is these are crimes. not acts of war, and, as they opened up the possibility, that this is an enemy combatant and use the laws framework first, they'd use all the powers under their power. patti ann: thank you both for joining us and we want know what you think, go to our web site, foxnews.com, what do you think, it is on the site with the al qaeda headline and should the
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u.s. engage in a yemen fight? tell us what you think and leave your comments if you like. gregg: the white house is urging the senate to break the deadlock over the president's choice to head the tsa, former fbi agent erroll southers admits giving the homeland security committee a misleading accounts of a 20-year-old personal incident and used federal databases to find out about his estranged wife's then boyfriend and jim demint raised questions about his position on unions. wanting him to promise to oppose granting collective bargaining rights, for the tsa's tens of thousands of employees. patti ann:scraper is taking the title of world's tallest building, how tall the architectural marvel is. gregg: and a renew of a search effort for a woman's daughter,
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patti ann: a passenger jet veered off a runway in western germany, air berlin says it happened yesterday, after a pilot braked to abort take off, and the jet skidded off the run way and came to a stop with his nose pointing down a snow-covered slope. fortunately, no one on board was hurt and the plane was not
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damaged. passengers were unloaded without trouble, and brought to a nearby airport, where they continued onto their destination. gregg: congress now preparing to merge the house and senate versions of the health care overhaul, and, polls show harry reid's bill lacks popular support, but, it may have perhaps a bigger problem. it may not be constitutional. senator orrin hatch lays out the case in a "wall street journal" editorial written with ken blackwell, a senior fellow with the family research council and is also a lawyer and joins us live from cincinnati, thanks for being with us, professor. >> good morning. gregg: you argue that congress doesn't have the-ons tugsal power to require americans to buy health insurance, and how about article one, section 8 which gives congress the power to regulate commerce among states? the supreme court as i
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understand it, is interpreting that to mean any activities that substantially impact commerce among the states, isn't regulating health care markets interstate commerce? >> no. no. no, it isn't. you know, this turns the constitution on its head. it does it in three ways. first, the individual mandates actually take away freedom of choice, by individuals, moves the emphasis from individuals in the marketplace to state mandates and mandates and commands the states to actually buy into these exchanges and if they don't, the secretary of health and human services has given the authority to be the new czar and thirdly, it is unconstitutional, because it violates the general welfare
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clause, where it in fact has used... gregg: let me stick with the commerce clause and then we'll get to the general welfare. the failure to buy health insurance affects all of us in a couple of ways and first taxpayers have to reimburse hospitals who, by law, are required to give care, to the anyone insured and, second of all, unreimbursed expenses drive up health care costs. that is passed along to the insured with higher premiums, so, i mean, professor, doesn't that substantially affect commercial in all 50 states, and, thus, congress is empowered to do something about it? >> well, all of the constitutional lawyers that i have talked to, gregg, say that this does not meet the definition of the commerce clause. gregg: did you talk to irwin kchamorinski of the irvine school of law? he says it is perfectly
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constitutional. >> well, he and other constitutional lawyers are battling that out. and it would seem to me, that madison, one of the framers of the constitution, probably got it about right, that if in fact the constitution does not mention it, it is not within the purview of the federal government to mandate it. connell: there's lots of things not mentioned in the constitution and you brought up the general welfare clause, as a reason why it's unconstitutional and let's talk about that. doesn't congress have broad powers to tax and spend for the general welfare and in fact in the last 70 years, no tax and spend program has been declared to exceed the scope of congress's power. medicare, medicaid, social security, all of -- all three. >> let's talk about that. how did they get there? they got there through cloture and they bought off individual citizens -- senators and in this
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case, the benefit is for a narrow interest. it does not serve the general welfare. i think any simple and clear-minded analysis would say that that in fact did injustice to any practical consideration of the welfare clause. gregg: you argue and mention just -- mentioned a second ago, you know, deals were cut to secure the vote. >> yes, sir. gregg: and you have argued in your op-ed that that runs afoul of the constitution. well, professor, doesn't nearly every spending bill in washington do precisely that? i mean, goodness, earmarks are slipped into just about every spending bill that -- and that is selective spending and advantages some states and disadvantages others, doesn't it? >> you are a lawyer and i would suggest that in this case this is a prime case that should be
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advanced to the supreme court to make a decision. let's say that there are things that have gotten under the bridge. it is now time for us to put a stop to it. this bill would in fact commandeer 1/6 of the nation's economy. it would turn the constitution on its head, by shifting power away from the states to the federal government, empowering the central government in a way never envisioned by our nation's founders. gregg: but, look we do that with social security. we do that with medicare. and my goodness, medicaid has been foisted on the states and they run it. it is a federal program and they have to pay for a lot of it as well though they get federal subsidies. if that is constitutional, how is this new --
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>> gregg, i would... i would make this argument. now is a time to draw the line in the sand. i think this is a clear case, the three issues that we lay out, in our "wall street journal" commentary, i think have substantial meat on the bones to move forward on a constitutional challenge. i think instinctively people across this nation understand that this is a bad deal, but, the congress is not listening, they are going to ram rod this through. gregg: right. >> i think the only line of defense will be the courts and the arguments that we make are not without -- gregg: and professor -- >> not without opposition. gregg: and they are great arguments and i happen to agree with them, i just couldn't resist challenging you, on them. thank you very much for being with us. >> good to be with you, gregg. gregg: you are a good sport about it, too, thanks very much.
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patti ann: the "wall street journal" calls it a, quote, taxpayer massacre, a little noticed decision in washington that could leave taxpayers on the hook for at least half a trillion dollars and perhaps more, stuart varney, ahead.
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gregg: a big celebration underway in dubai, the world's tallest building, being inaugurated, called "the birge dubai". patti ann: at a cost of $1.5 billion and it stands an estimated 2600 feet, it is 200 stories tall, of which about 165 are inhabitable. and, right now we're trying to track down who got the top floor, and the architectural feat is meant to reflect dubai's hopes of becoming a global financial hub, kind of ironic,
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because now, we are reporting on their crippling debt. gregg: and it trumps the taipei tower, from the world's tallest building exceeding it by 1,000 feet and joins the other famous building in collusion the malaise y towers and the willis tower, formerly known that's sears tower and the empire state building and here's a closer look, that compares the willis tower with the new to your, the burj tower in dubai. patti ann: you can see it from 59 miles away and the main service elevator rises more than a quarter mile, and, there are 57 elevators in all, not only is it the tallest building, it also has the world's tallest fountain, the fountain itself rises 900 feet, 90 stories high. and they are expecting fireworks and fanfare later this hour and when that happens of course we'll bring it to you live from
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dubai. gregg: pretty exciting. gregg: a practice going on for hundreds of years in the u.s., and it is called eminent domain when the local state or federal government takes over private property, for public use. with or without the permission of the owner. and there is a case in washington state that is raising a lot of eyebrows, one municipality is taking a private parking lot and building a public parking lot. dan springer is following the story from our northwest newsroom in seattle and, dan, set the stage here now for a city that wants to take a private parking lot to build its own parking lot. >> reporter: well, that's right, they basically want to take 45 acres of -- a parcel purchased by a woman and her husband two years ago, at $10.6 million, and want to buy that 45 acres and pay them $2 million less, $8.6 million, and they want to put up a public parking garage where
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right now there is a park and fly lot for people who want to use the airport. and they say it is ridiculous their property would be taken not only for another parking structure but also for what the city wants, which is a private development. public -- private land going to another private developer, they want a small downtown, with a parking garage, and restaurants and shops, and upgrades to the existing hotels, there, and it is the end of a light rail line, at the sea-tac airport and they obviously see big dollar signs with people coming there but the couple says it is simply not fair. >> i believe, it is a human right, not only for ourselves but for other property owners, and in general, i have to fight it. >> reporter: they are fighting it, right now, and this has been going on several years and they have had six other properties take in through eminent domain and this is the first time they
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are fighting it, gregg. gregg: why does the city, dare i say it, build around it? >> reporter: well, that is a good question. we have seen several cities take the exact position where they don't want to fight these private property owners. we can't get anyone from the city of sea-tac to talk to us and they are not answering our questions and we have to guess at their intention but clearly they wanted it to be their shining centerpiece of a downtown area. and the kassans will take it to the supreme court if they have to. gregg: given the last eminent domain decision by the supreme court, it made a lot of people unhappy, especially scholars, and it will be interesting, we'll wait and see what happens, dan springer, thanks. patti ann: the u.s. and great britain closings embassies in yemen in the wake of new threats from al qaeda as yemeni security forces battle the terror group outside the capitol. and moving forward what is the best plan for the u.s. to fight al qaeda in yemen?
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we'll take a closer look at the question, coming up.
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gregg: fannie mae and freddie mac are the twin pillars of the u.s. mortgage industry and the companies played a pivotal role in the housing collapse that tanked our whole economy. but now, the treasury department is giving them a blank check, to borrow as much taxpayer money as they want. that is your money, by the way. and, they are getting that check at a time when fannie mae and freddie mac are hemorrhaging cash, roughly $111 billion last year alone. fox business network's stuart varney joins us weather a closer look at the fallout, how did it happen. >> reporter: dhind of night, christmas eve, the treasury agreed to the unlimited bailout of the housing industry. it will cost you hundreds of billions of dollars. the treasury have told these housing agencies, fannie mae and freddie mac, get out there and
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take more risk, absorb more failing mortgages. now, we're already on the hook for $5.5 trillion worth of mortgages, that is the taxpayer, on the hook for any losses in that $5.5 trillion portfolio. essentially, on christmas eve, without a vote from congress, we just about nationalized the american housing industry. a bit worse than that, too. the top two executives who lost all of the money in the last year, the top two people at fannie mae and freddie mac will make $6 million each in cash, not stock, and they are not subject to the pay czar's control. furthermore, fannie mae and freddie mac will not be subject to any new rules. unlike every other financial institution. the politicians, as far as the eye can see, are going to run america's housing industry, period. gregg: and stuart, what is also troubling is as the "wall street journal" reports, the government is directing these companies to pursue money-losing strategies.
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is that true. >> reporter: that is correct. we have these mortgage mitigation programs. which in fact are not mitigating the distress of the mortgage owner, they are simply adding to the losses of the government. $7 billion. in one of these programs. it's not -- has not gone unnoticed, gregg, it adds to the u.s. deficit and the biggest player in america's debt, biggest private player has already said, because of things like this housing bailout, he is pulling back from his ownership of america's debt. not gone unnoticed. gregg: these two companies are sick, to be sure, and some illness are curable and some are terminal. which is this? >> reporter: at the moment it looks terminal. but remember, you've got an unlimited taxpayer bailout. so, the terminal illness will take a long time to terminate. it will not terminate because the taxpayer is always going to be there. at massive costs to you and i
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and everybody watching the program. gregg: you know what i predict? inter mittable life support. -- interminable life support and we are the plug, you and i, we're the plug. thanks. patty ann. patti ann: the u.s. will not open a new front on the war on terror in yemen according to president obama's chief counterterrorism advisor, john brennan but on "fox news sunday" he outlined the threat posed by al qaeda there. >> we know there are probably several hundred members of al qaeda, and, as we have been able to piece together the story of mr. abdulmutallab it is clear he was in yemen for several months between august and november or so and we know that he had reached out to al qaeda, and know he received training and training at one of the camps that was hit during the month of december. he was clearly directed to carry out the attack at the direction of al qaeda. the senior leadership there. this is something that we are concerned about, and we are concerned they may be in fact
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trying to get other operatives, nonyemenis and others to train inside of yemen to send to the west. patti ann: given that is enough being done to handle the threat in yemen? dan senor is with the council of foreign relations, thanks for being with us and john brennan did the rounds of the sunday talk shows describing in detail as we heard the growing threats in yemen, so significant, in fact we closed our embassy there as did britain and yet he said we have no intention over opening a new front in the war on terror there. is that the right decision. >> the intention -- first there will be action taken in yemen and the question is whether or not it is under the guise or auspices of the u.s. government, u.s. central command, u.s. intelligence operations or special force, u.s. military, or, the yemen government, and there were strikes, against al qaeda strongholds in ye-- yemenn
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determine but it was taken by the yemeni government and military and we supported it but they owned it and many argue the optics of the yemeni government owning the operation is important, because if it looks like the u.s. operation -- it will be easier for al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, based in yemen to rally fence-sitters to the cause if it looks like an overt u.s. operation. patti ann: and the obama strategy is to provide funding for the yemeni government's anti-terror operations and we are talking about doubling the aid from the current $70 million, to $190 million. do you believe that we can depend on the yemeni government to route out terrorism. >> i think the government is committed to confronting al qaeda, in the arabian peninsula. however, they have a weak track record. in this sense, not in terms of commitment, but in terms of competence, there were jail brakes and riots, in the yemeni prisons and those involved, and detainees in the yemeni prison,
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involved with the uss cole and the government has not done -- does not have a good track record of keeping them contained. patti ann: in fact every, single one of the suspects in the uss cole bombing which killed 17 u.s. sailors, has been either released or they have escaped. >> right. and we are also making a bet on this current government, we have a good cooperation with. but who is to say the future government we will have that kind of relationship with and putting a lot of stock in that government and, secondly, the administration argues that getting them out of... detainees out of guantanamo bay, and putting them into the prisons in yemen will somehow improve america's moral standing. having spent time in the region and seen the number of prisons in the region i'm not sure the eyes of arabs on the street there is a dramatic difference between the symbolism of guantanamo bay, and the dreadful conditions in some of these prisons especially in yemen. patti ann: and you mentioned the current government under
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president salaa, does not apply to the security force and there is sympathy with al qaeda among the security -- >> the eastern tract of land of yemen which borders in saudi arabia and where al qaeda is largely centered, the government has had a weak record in terms of trying an operation, they tried one a couple years ago and the government left the operation with al qaeda seeming to be emboldened and the government in the weaker position. the other issue is, the government is facing separatist movements and its own insurgency not connected to al qaeda in other parts of the country. and one question many analysts and many in the government are asking is, if we send all of these resources as you said, double our funding, to the yemeni government, it will be used for the counterterrorism, and if al qaeda -- and it will also be used to confront those forces inside yemen that have nothing to do with al qaeda, it is also damaging our image there, because we'll be seeing
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-- seem to be supporting the government against the forces that have nothing do with al qaeda. patti ann: and you mentioned the proximity to saudi arabia, and we interviewed lieutenant general tom mcnerney last week and he said the saudi arabia issue and their lack of cooperation with yemen is actually a very big problem, that is not talked about enough. >> i think that's true. look, the saudis have persuaded the u.s. government they had a rehabilitation program, if we sent detainees from guantanamo bay to saudi arabia and let them go through the anti-indoctrination or redoctrine nation program to get them out of the islamic mind set they would be rehabilitated and we'd get them off the battlefield and it has not proven to be effective as we have seen the detainees that wound up in jyemen went through the program and i'm not suggesting saudi arabia's commitment but the fix tiffness and the competence of some of the -- effectiveness and the competence of the program and
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some of the tension between the saudis and the yemeni leadership. patti ann: yes or no answer, then, should more detainees be released from gitmo to yemen. >> no, the answer is no. it will be a -- an enormous mistake and not just me saying that, the democratic leaders on the senate intelligence committee, are arguing the same thing. patti ann: dan senor thank you very much. >> good to be with you. gregg: the man who caused the security breach at newark liberty international airport, still at large. we have further details to tell you about. he apparently left quickly, 20 minutes after he walked the wrong way through a security checkpoint and tsa picking up a passenger toll -- told an officer, guarding the exit, that he thought the man he saw enter through the doors on sunday had left. the video confirming the man entered through the exit eventually flights were grounded and passengers were made to go through security screening, again the guy is at large, and we'll continue to follow the story.
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patti ann: family and friends have a new plan for trying to find a missing utah mom. straight ahead, new developments in the effort to track down susan powell.
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>> reporter: good morning, i'm jane skinner along with jon scott and we expect to see you at the top of the hour, great pictures of world's tallest building and the opening and fireworks and such from dubai and we'll show you those. >> and citizens of 14 nations flying to the u.s. will be subject to extra screening, so
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says the obama administration. and isn't that profiling? we'll get into it on "happening now." gregg: getting new information now about the man accused of attacking a danish artist for his controversial 2005 cartoon of the prophet muhammad and a newspaper in denmark says the suspect was arrested last year in kenya for allegedly plotting another attack. that one was again secretary of state hillary clinton. during the trip to africa. and the paper reports the 28-year-old somali man was released due to a lack of evidence and the suspect is now charged with attempted murders avenue breaking into cartoonist kurt westergaard's home armed with an axe and knife and he escaped injury by hiding in a panic rookie with his granddaughter and the suspect was shot and wounded by police. family and friends of a missing utah woman are launching a new internet campaign to help find her. susan powell, there she is, the
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mother of two was reported mitts missing development 7th and investigators named her husband josh as a person of interest. and he claims he last saw his wife at home, just before he took their two young sons on the late night camping trip. and now family and friends are using facebook, twitter and youtube in hopes of figuring out what happened to her. patti ann: much of the country is in the grip of a deep freeze and how are people coping with the bitter cold? we'll take a look, next. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years?
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gregg: let's look haiti -- at the dow jones industrials average, the 30 blue chips are doing well, the dow jones up 145 points on this, the first trading day of the year -- isn't
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it? and manufacturing activity grew last month, the fastest pace in more than three yooshs a sign the pace of the economic recovery may be picking up, that according to a private trade group and well, there you see it, the markets seem to be reacting positively. >> baby it's cold outside. no ♪ ♪ baby it's cold outside ♪ been hoping that you would drop in ♪ ♪ i'll hold your hand... patti ann: it's warm here in the studio, right, gregg but it is cold outside, baby! and a deep freeze gripping much of the country and people aren't just dealing with frigid temperatures, that is being xounltded with heavy win-- comp with heavy winds and snow and rick leventhal is outside in new york city, how bad is it. >> reporter: 23 degrees and feels like -50°, patti ann and you know when i grew up, every
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year around this time when it would get cold my family had an expression, they'd call it winter. but, in all seriousness the temperatures are below average and it is causing some problems, and the first video we want to show you, not necessarily a problem, but, remarkable, if you were watching football yesterday, the buffalo bills-indianapolis colts game in buffalo, near white out conditions and i don't know how they played the game but the home team prevailed. figure that out. buffalo played well in the snow and beat indianapolis. 30-7. in case you are counting at home, but, over in new jersey there was an issue with a water main break. a 42-inch line, i believe, busted, and, sent a large amount of water spilling out onto a major interstate, route 440 and the biggest problem is that that water is freezing and they had to shut the highway down, while they tried to do something about it and i don't know how they'll get the ice off the roadway and these are some of the things people are dealing with now,
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today, patti ann. patti ann: and it might be heading south. >> reporter: north carolina, 25 degrees and colder with the windchill, feels like 17 and the carolinas typically are in the upper 40s this time of year and are dealing with issues there and across much of the country, tennessee and kentucky may not break 30 tooz. patti ann: try to stay warm there, get back inside. gregg: back to the susan powell story and we talked about it a moment ago, family and friends of the missing woman are launching a new internet campaign to help try and find her. family, friend and spokesperson, shelley gifford joins me on the telephone from salt lake city. what do you hope to accomplish and what are you doing? >> caller: there's a couple of different things we are doing. as part of the 72 hour blitz we are asking everybody to send an e-mail, to find susan
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powell@gmail.com and once they do that they'll get an instruction note to give them links to everything they can be involved in in terms of facebook site, twitter and youtube channel, all the different options and we hope today by giving everybody so many different options to become involved on-line we can make it go viral and people can see susan's face and hear about her situation in every corner of the world. gregg: she has been missing since december 7th and there has been an intensive search for her, not just in a narrow area. but a pretty broad area. and one can reasonably concluded that she is not in a place that is easily visible. so in reality, spreading her picture around, name, sending e-mails and so forth, is that really going to do much good. >> caller: well, i'll tell you what, it does good in a couple of different ways, first of all, it makes sure that everybody knows she is missing.
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there is no way to get tips an information in if people don't know she's missing and that is the first step and the second thing that it does is it lets people know that this message that is going out, it doesn't have an expiration date right now. it is something that will be ongoing until we are able to bring susan home and in terms of the family's position, kind of an unexpected side benefit of this, is that for instance, in the last four hours, a couple thousand people have joined the facebook page and parents can read that and be comforted by that. >> look, all of that is fine and good and maybe will be helpful but according to authorities, the person could be the most helpful of all, is in that picture on our television screen, the husband, josh, who was a person of interest. who is not -- has not been as forthcoming as authorities would like. what do you think of his role in this?
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>> i think that today's about susan, not josh. and, i think that if he has stock say he has an attorney and he can certainly do it. gregg: and purple ribbons. >> caller: absolutely, as a reminder we have not brought her home yet, we are still looking. gregg: i want to wish you the best of luck and keep us posted as to what happens, shelby gifford, a friend of the family. >> caller: we certainly will, thanks. patti ann: president obama is on his way back to washington after a trip to hawaii for the holidays, a lot has happened since he left for vacation. we'll tell you what is waiting for his -- wait on his desk now at the white house when we come back. overly sensitive skin? you would never know. introducing aveeno ultra-calming with active naturals feverfew. we know feverfew... has properties that help neutralize irritation... to strengthen skin and calm redness in just one week.
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videotape out of yemen, the yemeni president is actually visiting some of his soldiers at an armed forces training camp. this as security was stepped up amid fears of militant attacks on foreign interests and continued clashes between security forces and suspected al-qaeda militants. in fact, yemen television footage showing the president visiting the camp in an undisclosed location, talking to the affirmed forces there, lots of salutes going on. the important part is that a couple of al-qaeda fighters in yemen have reportedly been taken out by many forces. this may be related to the christmas day attack, maybe not. we're going to continue to follow what's happening there. jane: let's go to dubai, which of course now has the world's largest building --
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and okay, we're seeing a balloon landing now, but also, we're going to be seeing the first video of the fountain at the foot of the new world's tallis building, the burge dubai. that has -- that is, believe it or not, 900 feet high, just the fountain and it is glorious. this all cost 1 1/2 billion dollars, the tower stands an estimated 2600 feet, 200 stories tall. they began construction back in 2004. of course in the aftermath of that, the economy of dubai has struggled, but again, this is the grand opening ceremony for the new world's tallest building, the burge dubai. a big ceremony is going to continue through the next hour, and we'll be on top of all of those. keep it here. in other news, washington wizards arania and
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crippington are set to meet today, the basketball player facing questions about a locker room incident in which they allegedly pulled guns on each other, the "new york post" reports they were fighting from a deck of a poker game, sunai denies he gambles and disputes this. gregg: a viking fan putting aside animosity over yesterday's game along enough to tie the knot, the happy couple pulling off the nfl's team in style. they are running for the altar between rows of cheer leaders, the man dressed as a ref fee is presiding over the ceremony, but he threw a penalty flag, forcing them to do it all over again. and again. and again. there's the flag. oh, man. okay, good luck to you. it's better than some people

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